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Table 1:

Student Visas Issued, 1992-2006

Fiscal Year

Number

Change

1992

223,309

-

1993

215,756

-7,553

1994

219,941

4,185

1995

233,840

13,899

1996

247,432

13,592

1997

273,558

26,126

1998

258,080

-15,478

1999

258,782

702

2000

290,160

31,378

2001

298,730

8,570

2002

238,438

-60,292

2003

219,852

-18,586

2004

223,715

3,863

2005

243,712

19,997

2006

281,097

37,385

Note: Includes visas issued to students in academic and vocational

programs.

Source: CBO, "Immigration Policy in the United States,"

February 2006. Table 5. (1992-2003).[ PDF]

State Department, "Non-immigrant Visas Issued by Classification,"

Fiscal Years 2002-2006," Table XVI(B).(2004-2006)[PDF]

Table 2:

Enrollment in U.S. Colleges and Universities, 1981-2003

 

Total

Native

Foreign

Korean

Korean as % Foreign

1981

12,086,800

11,774,920

311,880

6,150

1.97%

1991

13,818,600

13,411,070

407,530

23,360

5.73%

2000

15,312,300

14,764,433

547,867

45,685

8.34%

2001

15,928,000

15,345,004

582,996

49,046

7.84%

2002

16,611,700

16,025,377

586,323

51,519

8.37%

2003

16,900,500

16,327,991

572,509

52,484

9.00%

 

% of total enrollment:

 

1981

100.0%

97.4%

2.6%

0.1%

 

1991

100.0%

97.1%

2.9%

0.2%

 

1996

100.0%

96.4%

3.6%

0.3%

 

2001

100.0%

96.3%

3.7%

0.3%

 

2002

100.0%

96.5%

3.5%

0.3%

 

2003

100.0%

96.6%

3.4%

0.3%

 

Foreign and Korean enrollment: Digest of Education Statistics, 2005  Table 408

Total enrollment: Digest of Education Statistics, 2005 Table 206

Edwin S. Rubenstein (email him) is President of ESR Research Economic Consultants in Indianapolis.